Jim is a performer and songwriter of Appalachian roots contemporary folk music. He lives in Morgantown, WV. Jim began songwriting in 1989 after a hitch in the Marine Corps, graduate school in physics, and a career in medical physics and aerospace. His musical influences include Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Joni Mitchell and Butch Hancock.


Besides performing at coffeehouses, house concerts and clubs, Jim also puts much of his effort into performing at benefits for a variety of organizations and grass roots efforts. Jim has performed on the main stage and hosted songwriting workshops at the Traditional Music Festival in Avoca, Iowa. Also, he has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas and and is a regular at the campfires there.


Jim's third (most recent) recording, "Sun Dreams", was released in February, 2009. Jim's second recording, released in February 2002 is titled "Don't Let the World Get You Down". His first CD titled "The Man in the Street" was released February of 1998. Earlier recordings included a self produced cassette, and a release on Prairie records titled "Avoca by Night". Jim was a regular on "Malibu Folk", a syndicated radio show hosted by the late Brian May, and has been featured nationally on "River City Folk", a one hour music and interview program on the NPR. Fast Folk Records included Jim's song "Avoca by Night" on their Los Angeles 1993 CD. The Fast Folk recordings are now available through Smithsonian Folkways.

Jim's song "Walkin' Shoes" was used in the movie "Tyrus" a documentary about the 'Disney Legend' Tyrus Wong, who created the art that inspired the movie "Bambi" and worked for years with Disney, Warner Brothers and others. Tyrus is 104 years old! The movie will be released in 2016

Jim co-wrote three songs with Trae Buckner of the Hillbilly Gypsies on their October, 2014 recording "West Virginia Line"

"Where Have The Mountains Gone?" (aka "Appalachian Fall") appears in a documentary film about mountaintop removal mining titled "Rise Up! West Virginia".

Jim's Song "Far From Home", with violin arranged by Ty Jaquay, was commissioned by the Prickett's Fort Foundation and is being used as the Prickett's Fort theme song.

A song co-written with Kathy Hussey, "Sing My Memory" appears on Kathy's 2005 release: "Moments of Wonder" and has also been recorded by the Irish band "Carmel Sheerin and the Ravens".


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Jim plays Taylor Guitars and uses D'Addario Strings.